John Turturro

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John Turturro - (born 28.2.1957)
John Turturro is a very well established American actor, director and writer. His career spans to over sixty films and he has worked with the likes of Spike Lee, Adam Sandler and the Coen Brothers. Some of his most renowned films are 'Do the Right Thing' (1989), 'Miller's Crossing' (1990), 'Barton Fink' (1991), 'Quiz Show' (1994), 'The Big Lebowski' (1998), 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' (2000) and the 'Transformers' films.

John Turturro: Childhood
Turturro was born in Brooklyn, New York. His father, Nicholas Turturro was a carpenter, construction worker and former Navy sailor while his mother Katherine was a jazz singer. He was brought up a Roman-Catholic and moved to Queens, New York when he was six. He studied Theatre Arts at the State University of New York and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree at the Yale School of Drama.

John Turturro: Acting career
John Turturro's first on screen performance was a non-verbal role in Martin Scorsese's 'Raging Bull' (1980). He won an Obie award for 'Danny and the Deep Blue Sea' in 1984. Turturro starred alongside Tim Robbins in 1987 film 'Five Corners' where he was noticed by notoriously controversial director Spike Lee. Turturro worked in nine of Spike Lee's films including 'Do the Right Thing' (1989) and 'Summer of Sam' (1999).
Turturro starred in many of the Coen Brothers films including Miller's Crossing (1990) playing a bookie, Bernie Bernbaum, Barton Fink (1991) playing the protagonist of the same name and The Big Lebowski (1998) where he plays Jesus Quintana, antagonist of Jeff Bridges character. He then starred alongside George Clooney in 'O, Brother Where Art Thou' (2000).
Turturro worked alongside Adam Sandler in 'Mr.Deeds' (2002) and 'You Don't Mess with the Zohan' (2008).
The film 'Illuminata' (1999) was his first work as producer, director and actor. In 2010, he acted and directed in his film 'Passione'.
His latest film was 'Fading Gigolo' starring alongside Woody Allen.
Turtorro first starred in television in an episode of 'Miami Vice '(1985).
He also played the title character in 'Monk' and, in 2007, played himself in 'Flight of The Concords'.

John Turturro: Personal Life
Turturro is married to actress Katherine Borowitz; they have two children Amedeo (born 1990) and Diego (born 2000). He is also a judge for a local New York City Film Festival (NYICFF). In 2011 became a dual Italian and American citizen.
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Exodus: Gods and Kings

18th December 2014 -

 Movie Review

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Exodus: Gods and Kings

15th September 2014 -

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Director Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven) talks about world of his new film, 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'. The film follows the life of Moses (Christian Bale), and works on "the complexity of his...

God's Pocket

8th August 2014 -

 Movie Review

Despite a strong sense of the characters and the setting, this film struggles to engage viewers with its downbeat story about how tough life is. Even though the performances are powerful enough to hold the...

See Heavily Eye-Linered Christian Bale As Moses In Ridley Scott's 'Exodus: Gods And Kings' [Trailer & Pictures]

10th July 2014 -

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Director Ridley Scott has dealt with some epic stories whether it's the might of the Roman Empire and the obsession with gladiators, slavering murderous aliens in space or legends of British folklore. But now the...

Exodus: Gods And Kings

10th July 2014 -

 Video

Moses and the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses grew up together as brothers after the former was saved from drowing in the Nile. However, Moses has not forgotten the reason why he was cast into the river;...

Will John Turturro Reprise Cult Fave Jesus Quintana For Big Lewbowski Spin-Off?

24th June 2014 -

 News

Big news for Big Lebowski fans: John Turturro is seeking legal clearance to reprise the role of Jesus Quintana, a colourful bowler with a chequered history, for a new film in 2015. John Turturro's Jesus...

God's Pocket

23rd June 2014 -

 Video

God's Pocket seems to be an ordinary working class neighbourhood at face value; full of people with ordinary jobs and ordinary families. However, a dark undertone begins to show when Mickey Scarpato's insane stepson Leon...

Fading Gigolo

24th May 2014 -

 Movie Review

With a witty observational script, amusing characters and a jazzy sense of life in New York, this feels like an old-fashioned Woody Allen movie, even though Allen merely costars in it. Instead, it was written...

Sofia Vergara On Her Menage a Trois in Woody Allen's 'Fading Gigolo'

17th April 2014 -

 News

Sofia Vergara has been speaking about her nerves at shooting a ménage a trois with Sharon Stone and John Turturro in Woody Allen's romantic drama Fading Gigolo. The movie - easily the least talked about...

A Week In Movies: Gravity And 12 Years A Slave Lead Oscar Nominations, Filming Goes To The Wire On Captain America 2

17th January 2014 -

 News

After the glamour of the essentially irrelevant Golden Globes on Sunday, the biggest movie news this week was the Oscar nominations announcement on Wednesday. As expected, 12 Years a Slave and Gravity got another big...

A Week In News: Globes And Oscars Mania, Prince Finds His Funny Bone, Lena Dunham Gets A Vogue Make-Over

17th January 2014 -

 News

Golden Globes Glory: Last weekend's Golden Globe awards set hearts racing ahead of March's Oscars with plenty of deserving winners next to a few jaw-dropping snubs. 12 Years A Slave predictably came out on top...

John Turturro In 'Fading Gigolo' Realises Every Man's Fantasy? [Trailer + Pictures]

13th January 2014 -

 News

The trailer has been released for upcoming comedy drama Fading Gigolo, the movie that sets out to test one man's endurance of having someone find and pay for women to sleep with him. It's actually...

Fading Gigolo

13th January 2014 -

 Video

Strapped for cash, handsome but middle-aged bookshop worker Fioravante decides to accept an offer of an unusual job from his friend Murray, who recently had a brainwave after his dermatologist and her friend admitted to...

Sundance 2014 Lineup - Our Highlights From An Eclectic Mix

6th December 2013 -

 News

Sundance 2014 promises to be as varied as ever, with a healthy mix of world cinema, documentary film and Hollywood output. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the festival will run from January 16-26 and, by the...

Sigourney Weaver Signs Up For Ridley Scott's Biblical Epic, 'Exodus'

28th August 2013 -

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Sigourney Weaver is set to star in another Ridley Scott-directed movie, 34 years after she made her name in his 1979 sci-fi classic, Alien. The 63 year-old will appear in Scott's upcoming biblical epic Exodus...

Sigourney Weaver And Ridley Scott To Join Forces Once Again For 'Exodus'

28th August 2013 -

 News

Sigourney Weaver is re-teaming with the man who gave her her big break; Ridley Scott, to co-star in the director's upcoming Bible epic Exodus. The 20th Century Fox production will see Weaver star as Tuya,...

Woody Allen And Vanessa Paradis Preparing To Film 'Fading Gigolo'

19th November 2012 -

 Footage

Photographers are warned of 'copyright infringement' as they snap Woody Allen, Jill Scott, Vanessa Paradis and John Turturro on the set of 'Fading Gigolo' in New York City. John, who is the director, writer and...

Transformers 3: Dark Of The Moon

10th December 2010 -

 Video

When man first landed on the moon over 40 years ago, their journey was well documented and broadcast on the TV around the world, what we weren't to know was the details of a secret...

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